August Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteers are paid in six figures… S-M-I-L-E-S.  – Gayla LeMaire

Sherri Christian – Independence

Sherri-webSherri volunteers mostly with the dogs as she works on her Animal Behavior College homework. She has taught many of our dogs basic manners as well as to trust that people are good and come with gentle hands full of treats. But in July, Sherri dropped everything to help with Independence’s Young Heroes for Pets Summer Camp. Sherri has a wealth of experience with youth camps and animal-themed activities.

Not only did Sherri give us her whole week to help run the camp, she brought her own lessons, too! She taught an owl pellet dissection and prepared all the materials for appropriate bird houses for our wrens, chickadees, screech owls, and even bats! Sherri’s enthusiasm for summer camp and her dedication to the animals and the kids made our level of success possible.

Thank you so much, Sherri!!

Christine and Zeb Sanders – Merriam

1“We began fostering in February of 2009. We got a pregnant lab/pit mix and she gave birth in our house 4 days after we brought her home as an emergency foster! (We didn’t have a license yet). She had 9 puppies over 15 hours. We had never done anything like fostering before, but after having Lucie we were hooked!

We fell in love with her and decided to keep her after the puppies were adopted and we have been going strong ever since! As of today we have had 340 fosters! We usually get them in litters which is why we have been able to have so many!

We have a room just for the fosters so that they have space to play and grow nice and healthy! We love fostering and have no plans to stop anytime soon!”

340 fosters?! We don’t even want to think about where we would be without the expert fostering care that Christine and Zeb provide! Thank you, guys, for being a Hero for our shelter pets!

Darci Magneson – Merriam

DarciDarci has been volunteering with us going on 8 years or so.

She works our offsite events, is a volunteer mentor and teacher, always offers to work special events and even helps clean the cattery! Darci is such a joy to have around the shelter and helps nearly every time we ask. She has graciously helped with the kids summer camp doing everything from being the lunch monitor to tying many shoelaces! She did not, however, ride the horse!

Darci can often be seen doing laundry, cleaning kennels, and walking through the shelter with her latest foster. She also bakes delicious holiday cookies for the staff! We are ever so grateful that Darci continues to choose Great Plains SPCA to donate her time! We love you Darci!



Christine & Zeb so totally rock. They not only foster in droves for GPSPCA, they help out at a lot of LCHS events. Adorable couple with great big hearts.


Zeb and Christi live for the fosters. I have the pleasure to know them well. I love them both. And, I can tell you that fostering animals is thier calling. Every decision they make revolves around the fosters. You won’t meet two more decent human beings. The regonition is well earned. Congradulations guys, you are the best among us.


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